January 22nd, 2016

 ‘So, can you read my mind?’ is always the first thing that anyone says when they find out I’m doing a psychology degree, guaranteed. Nope, I will never be able to read your mind, but sometimes it can be a fun game to play along with the remark. My younger sister’s favourite is ‘you must [...]

The Before Travel Plans

July 2nd, 2015

It’s 1:48pm. In 4 hours, I will get on a plane and fly to Melbourne, wait there for a number of hours, jump on another plane for a little over 9 hours, arrive in Hong Kong, then repeat all over again until I’m in Taiwan by this time tomorrow. I’m fortunate in the fact that [...]

Hosting an exhange student

March 19th, 2015

Our German exchange student was only 15 (turning 16) when he came and stayed with us. “We will only take him for a couple of weeks while you find a more permanent home,” Mum had told the company. Well, that worked well….when the agency called back a couple of weeks later, Mum renegotiated because she [...]


December 16th, 2014

During November we held a competition inviting everyone to share their tips or stories about navigating one of life’s challenges. Below is one of the 4 winning entries. By: Phoebe This is a poem I wrote during a time when I was being severely bullied by a particular girl in my grade. Writing my thoughts [...]

Dealing with Exam Stress

December 16th, 2014

During November we held a competition inviting everyone to share their tips or stories about navigating one of life’s challenges. Below is one of the 4 winning entries. By: Jennifer How an individual can overcome the stress that is thrown upon them leading up to exams such as the HSC… Having just completed my last [...]

To share or not to share

November 26th, 2014

Moving out can be a crazy time. It’s not just about physically packing up your gear and transferring it to another (sometimes very far) building, but also about majorly readjusting to your life of independence. Even if you have already lived out of home, moving house can mean adjusting to new suburbs, figuring out how [...]

The Gift of You

November 19th, 2014

Something I have learnt lately is that you never really discover who you are until you are completely removed from the comfort of home and placed in an entirely new reality. For the past four months I have been living in the United States and working for one of the most prestigious companies in the [...]


October 1st, 2014

When I was originally asked to write a blog on my experiences in going to Uganda, Africa, for a short-term missions project, I started writing about organising flights, raising money and the like. After I couldn’t find the right things to say, I left it temporarily – and in the meantime, have had my perspective [...]

What I would say to High-School-Me

July 24th, 2014

Inspired by the blog DearHolly, our blogger Beth writes to her High-School-Me — I don’t really like the idea of regrets – so I feel like either you do something or you don’t. Having said that, though, I think there are quite a few people who would like to go back and talk to themselves [...]

DearHolly If I could talk to my 13 year old self…

July 11th, 2014

We are very pleased to have a guest blog post by Jessica Barlow of the DearHolly Project -   -   – How many times have you wished that you could hit rewind and try everything all over again? If you’re anything like me, I’m willing to bet that the number in your head is spiraling into [...]

How to: Schedule Life In

May 13th, 2014

*If anyone freaks out partway through, you can jump ahead to the bottom – but try and read through the rest J 1. Take a blank piece of paper. Stare at it a bit, turn it round, scrumple it up, unfold it, and flatten it out. Now you have an accurate canvas to start with, [...]

No one has to be superman/women

March 25th, 2014

It started with what I thought was a bad case of the flu that didn’t go away – and so the doctors’ visits began. Waiting rooms began to blend into one another, blood tests became as normal as eating breakfast, and results came back as negative as I felt. No one could give me an [...]

Getting my priorities straight

March 19th, 2014

Someone once told me that I ‘needed to get my priorities straight’. That ticked me off. Here I was, studying year 12 as well as working weekends and someone had the gall to tell me I needed to get my priorities straight – ha! I have always been a high achiever – with school work, [...]

Ready, Set, Go

December 27th, 2013

Once in a while in our lives, we feel like we lose our sense of direction; not in a literal sense but in a sense where we experience that feeling of having nowhere to go or not knowing which way to go from here. Personally, I’ve had that experience before and it was not very [...]

Year 12 Pressure

December 4th, 2013

“I’ll be the first to admit it – I’m a stresser. Two years into uni, and every time exams come up I still feel like I’m going to spontaneously either hyperventilate or breakdown in the middle of an exam, which will then ruin my chances at everything I ever do for the rest of my [...]

End Of The Year Cheer!

November 22nd, 2013

The end of the year is fast approaching! We are nearly half way through November and December is looming just around the corner, which means Christmas and New Years are just a tick away! Are you in panic mode yet wondering what to get people for Christmas? Or are you trying to decide how to [...]

Immerse Yourself- Say yes to an international experience!

October 24th, 2013

Culture is something we can all be proud of. Being an Australian I enjoy a good barbeque, the beach, a game of cricket with my mates, dressing up ridiculously on Australia Day and singing the national anthem at the top of my lungs no matter where I am! Being Australian is something I am truly [...]

Making room for Twilight

September 17th, 2013

Okay, from the title of this blog, you’re probably thinking that I’m going to talk to you about the intellectual merits of books written by Stephenie Meyer, or perhaps wax lyrical about why Jacob is superior to Edward in every way. Well, sorry to disappoint, but that’s not my main purpose to writing this.   [...]

Tick Tock! It’s Decision O’Clock

July 29th, 2013

Sometimes you may find yourself sitting at a cross road. Left, right, forward, back, which direction do you choose? Making decisions can make you feel confused, lonely, doubtful and cautious, but at the end of the day if a decision needs to be made there is no avoiding it. When you’re sitting at that crossroad [...]

Uni students call for mental health education in high schools

June 12th, 2013

We are six students from Swinburne University and we are calling on the Victorian Government to introduce a new mental health education system in high schools in the Chambers of Parliament this July. We have written a piece of proposed legislation entitled Mental Health Education in High Schools, which will debate as part of the [...]

Book Review: Secret Men’s Business

June 3rd, 2013

John Marsden’s Secret Men’s Business is one of the greatest coming-of-age books ever written. It is a straightforward guide to how to be a man. And not just a stereotypically hyper-masculine sort of man, but a real, genuinely mature, responsible bloke that people will have reason to respect. Although I’d say it’s aimed at young [...]

I said do you speak-a my language?

November 28th, 2012

I wanted to travel from the moment I understood distance. As a 5 year old I was begging my parents to take me to Africa to see lions and elephants (at this point I didn’t understand expense). Growing up the destination list kept expanding until at the age of 11, Italy was my number one [...]

Things I Wish I Knew in High School

November 20th, 2012

Something strange has been happening to me since I entered my twenties. I constantly find myself thinking “I wish I knew that when I was in high school.” Not so much about things like how to write a good essay or how to get good marks, but things about life and relationships. Here in this [...]

Put the ‘YOU’ in University

November 19th, 2012

You often hear people in the workforce looking back on their time at university with great affection and nostalgia. It is true that university can be the best time of your life, but it is also a time of great stress and upheaval; especially your first semester. While you’re still finding your feet (and your [...]

A note on following your dreams…

October 11th, 2012

Most people, by the time they are old enough to be classified as ‘youth’, will have been told or asked to set goals – or at least to consider doing so. Five-year goals, ten-year goals. Before-you-die goals. I, unfortunately, have always had a problem with setting goals. Even if I didn’t have my health getting [...]

A Cultural Experince

August 20th, 2012

Have you ever dared to wonder what it would be like to live in a stranger’s house away from your friends, family and most importantly away from your country? It sounds scary right? But have you ever wondered what it would be like to take someone into your home in your country and be able [...]

The Final Count Down

July 17th, 2012

As adolescents it is a legal requirement that we attend school until of course we reach grade 10 and you reach a fork in the road…. enter full time work and leave, or stay until grade 12. Tough decision, correct? But most of us stay on and battle the final and senior years of schooling [...]

Dream Job: Tick

December 5th, 2011

Hi, my name is Emma. I am going to start my dream, full time job on today (5th of December) and I thought I’d share with you all how I got it, so that maybe you can apply yourself to what you want to do, and do the same! All my life I have wanted [...]

Tech Talk

September 14th, 2011

Technology is a part of the modern everyday lifestyle. From texting to tweeting, Facebook to phone calls, it follows us wherever we go. As young people, we long to be a part of the latest crazes, so when the latest phone or computer comes out on the market, it is always a must have. But [...]

Exam time – the in’s and out’s of the actual exam

October 26th, 2010

  For many of you at school, college and uni you are faced with exams, exams and more exams. Our exams topic page and managing stress section has information on how to study effectively and how to cope with results but what about preparing for the actual exam? What do you need know? What do [...]

A holiday break with a difference

May 4th, 2010

Want to go overseas during the 2010/2011 holiday break?  Well here is a different way to look at doing it and getting to see and meet some of the real people and cultures of new countries, and whats more you get to help others at the same time.